Canvas Column Sat 2 July 2016

Julia Child once said “I love to cook with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food”.  She also said “Every woman should own a blowtorch”. I miss Julia. Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Gewürztraminer 2015 $25 This organically produced wine is golden and glossy in the glass and absolutely heaves with heady spices, musky pot […]

Wine & Food Matching Lorkin Style…

Wine and food matching. The fact that it’s even a thing is the relatively recent result of American neo-prohibitionists in1970’s demanding that if alcoholic beverages were to be served anywhere, then suitable food needed to be provided. So canny restaurateurs clicked rather quickly that if you’re going to do it, do it well and put […]

New Meaning to Old Vines

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat 17 Oct So you’re looking over at the fence at the back of your section at that gnarly old grapevine that’s been there since WAY before you bought the house and it occurs to you (again) “I wonder whether we could make wine from the grapes that grow on that?” […]

Sparkling Spring

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat 10 Oct 2015   There’s something about the onset of Spring which sparks the desire for something well, sparkling. Mimi Sparkling Pink $13.99 ★★★½ Aromas of delicate strawberry shortcake and cranberry cashew trail mix lead the way to soft cherry, breadcrust and biscuit flavours.  It’s fresh, smooth, lengthy and the […]

Cloudy Bay 30 Years 2015

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat 10 Oct 2015   In 1985 about this time, I was sitting in a movie theatre watching Michael J Fox as Marty McFly travel via his silver DeLorean thirty years into the future, to 2015. 1985 was when our family moved from Takapau to the big smoke of Hastings and […]

Wine Roulette

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat Oct 3 2015 A text message arrives from my friend Jen.  She’s given up on trying to pin me down for coffee, or for a proper, well-behaved, big girls glass of wine at a reputable establishment to ‘catch up’.  To say I’ve had a busy two months is a bit […]

Northern Hemisphere Niceness

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat 26 Sep 2015 There’s a place in Italy called Salento.  It’s located in the Puglia peninsula region of southern Italy, the one that looks like the heel of a boot, and it’s exceptionally good at growing a red grape that I’m fast becoming a serious fan of.  That grape is […]

Exercising the palate

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat 19 Sep 2015 I’m writing this column during breaks whilst judging at the New Zealand International Wine Show at QBE Stadium in Auckland.  It’s the home of the North Harbour rugby team and I would have thought that after their 48v32 loss to Hawke’s Bay two days beforehand, that the […]

Hazards of the Job

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat 12 Sep 2015 About two years ago I almost lost my left eye in a champagne cork accident.  I was opening a bunch of bottles to write my notes for the Christmas issue of Dish magazine and I forgot the golden rule.  “Always keep your hand firmly on the cork […]

Oh September

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat 5 Sep 2015 It feels like I’m only just getting my head around secondary cuts in the slow cooker, constantly wiping the dogs feet before she comes inside, digging out the spencer and woolly tights every day and then you’re on my doorstep with your promises of all things bright […]

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